Boston, MA– With the cultural phenomenon that accompanied certain video games like Fallout, Grand Theft Auto, and Red Dead Redemption, video games have become more a part of the cultural zeitgeist than ever before. This zenith was reached in 2017 when Fortnite, a battle royale themed shooting game, took over gamer culture and the world to become the most talked-about game, potentially ever. Still to this day, its popularity is surging as the game is even played by (spoiler alert!) characters Thor and Korg in April's Avengers: Endgame. Suffice to say, Fortnite is extremely popular. But now it is being treated with some semblance of legitimacy.
Video games have been steadily gaining legitimacy with many colleges and universities, even treating ESports as a Division One sport. Fortnite, specifically, is slated to hold a world championship match that will see the best duos from all over the world competing for a 5.5 million dollar cash prize for first place. The Boston area is going to be well-represented in the world championships as a 16-year-old from Sudbury will be competing with a teammate of his on the global stage.
As first reported by CBS News, Jordan Herzog, who dropped out of Lincoln-Sudbury High School in favor of online courses and more time to practice video games, plays 40 hours of Fortnite every week and makes over one hundred thousand dollars annually for it. His father, David Herzog, is a participant in the world of gaming and has recognized Jordan's talent. With experience, support, and equipment like Jordan has, he must certainly be considered one of the top contenders for first place in the world.
I also see many people who are deriding Jordan for committing so fully to the game, but I think they should stop being judgmental. He is still keeping up with his studies and is making money with his talent. Just because it is an unconventional talent does not make it any less impressive. I have played Fortnite before and can confirm that it is extremely difficult! Good on him, and good luck to our own Sudbury native in the world championship.